News and links of interest posted here regularly…
An emotional appeal from Mayors Doyle and Gamba for the measure conveniently ignores how few the measure will help or how they will actually subsidize rents after they are built in these units. More on this next week.
Richard Ellmyer is an outspoken critic of the lack of equity of affordable housing placement throughout the Metro Area. Coming from a completely different perspective from Affordable Oregon he arrives at the same conclusion: the measure is a waste of resources.
The City of Portland was dedicating $5 million in affordable housing funds to a project that was going to cost $500,000+ per unit to build. This is bad for Portland two ways: one, spending $5 million on a project with units that cost so much was embarrassing and then the project didn’t even get off the ground, meaning the City is just that much further behind creating affordable options.
Mayor Wheeler admits there is a problem with how slow the City is and vows to fix it. To be clear, he said the same thing publicly in 2016 and nothing has changed.
There are dozens of reasons why Metro’s 652.8 Million Dollar Property Tax Increase is a bad idea. Read this for more information
The City of Portland is purchasing land on Cully for 50 units with affordable housing bond funds. This is the perfect test case to see how long it takes for the project to make it through their development process. Clock starts today and if the city actually builds the project out within 24 months and is renting the units it would be a miracle.
7/3/2018: Metro’s Biggest Affordable Housing Foe
Ugh…A face for Radio. Take a moment and see what Affordable Oregon Executive Director Joe Keizur is working on.
This is the precise outcome we are trying to avoid here at Affordable Oregon. Building new “affordable housing” doesn’t solve the problem. Its takes a larger effort by all parties.
Understatement of the year. If you can’t handle the dumb little transactions, how can you be trusted to properly use $652.8 million?
Unlike the Oregonian, we need more than words to believe Metro is going to make the most out of a $652.8 million dollar property tax increase.
A first of its kind ranking system of each Portland Metropolitan Area Local Government examines the overall impact of local government fees, charges and timelines on the cost of housing.
Metro is planning a $652 million property tax increase for affordable housing. The Tribune Ed Board is skeptical o Metro’s ability to pull it off
Portland bought a brand new 51 unit apartment complex for affordable housing, paying the retail value instead of building units at a much cheaper base price. This is just one of the ways Portland, and possibly Metro in the near future, will be wasting your affordable housing tax dollars. (Oregon Live)
This article may be the dumbest thing ever written. Spend thousands of public money up front for solar energy to lower the cost of utilities for families struggling to afford housing. Here is a thought: build cheaper housing and lower government fees first. (Portland Mercury)
NIMBY’s throughout Portland are beating Portland City Officials relentlessly up about up-zoning in their neighborhoods. People, when you don’t let land in for development and promote higher density policies, what did you think would happen? Oh, that’s right, you didn’t think it would ever affect YOU. (Willamette Week)
In a low income housing complex, the owner follows the rules, pays tenants moving costs etc. and because that wasn’t enough to discourage redevelopment of the property, the Portland Housing Bureau is willing to consider preserving the place using Affordable Housing Bond Funds to purchase it. THAT’S NOT CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING. (Willamette Week)
The Wapato Jail, a shrine to public spending waste, has a new suitor. (Oregonian)
Portland Historic Landmark Commissioner doesn’t like it when affordability comes to her neighborhood. (Oregonian)
Here we go again. As a new round of UGB expansions are considered, the UGB Extremists are back with their tired old arguments. (Affordable Oregon)
Why does the Portland Bureau of Development Services have $90 million in excess fees and charges sitting in an account doing nothing? They aren’t sure but they are working on it. (Affordable Oregon)
Oregonian editorial confirms what we already knew: Portland City Council says one thing and then does another, exacerbating the housing crisis they declared. (Oregonian)
3/22/2018: Affordable Oregon Mailbag
Once a month, we will share some of the email we are receiving and our responses. (Affordable Oregon)
3/19/2018: Ugh Portland, Volume 2
Valhalla Custom Homes feels the sting of working with PBOT. (Affordable Oregon)
3/19/2018: WE CAN’T EVEN ASK FOR LAND ANYMORE?
Never mind, Sherwood City Councilor knows exactly what he is doing and should be ashamed. (Affordable Oregon)
Neophyte Sherwood City Councilor may not have any concept of the damage he is doing to his City. (Affordable Oregon)
This might be the best article of the year. Cortright succinctly douses Commissioner Fish in housing facts and then lights Fish’s theory on fire. Awesome. (Willamette Week)
Here we begin the occasional look at why the City of Portland is generally considered the worst City to work with in the Metro Region. (Affordable Oregon)
3/7/2018: NIMBY’S Win Again in Portland
Despite declaring a housing affordability crisis, the Portland City Council nixes a newly proposed tower that would have added 275 market rate houses because neighbors were unhappy. Developer has to start all over… (Oregonian)
3/6/2018: A Supply Side Tool Kit for Cities
An excellent example of tools our cities and counties need to be employing now and in the future. (McKinsey Institute)
“It’s people in towers opposing towers, It’s ‘I got mine, no one else is allowed.'” (Willamette Week)
Cities slow to respond and often pay too much for the development of affordable housing (Cascade Magazine)
3/6/2018: Metro Finally Changing its UGB Process.
Too bad its three to five years behind the need and won’t have any impact on the issue for at least 36 months from adoption (KOIN)